|Kate is spinning for Norwegian stockings. Photo: Kate Larson.|
The spinning world is brimming with conversations about Tour de Fleece at the moment. TDF, as the event is often referred to in virtual spinning communities, was first organized in 2006 by Star Athena, a spinner, knitter, and designer based in Portland, Oregon. The idea is to set a spinning-related challenge for yourself and work toward your goal each day that the Tour de France cyclists ride. The event has grown each year with thousands of spinners taking part. The Ravelry Tour de Fleece group alone has over seven thousand members, and dozens of spinning teams have formed.
This year, competition began on Saturday June 29 and will end on Sunday July 21. It has been great hearing all the different ways in which spinners are using the event to work on techniques or tackle long-coveted projects. The official concept is "Challenge Yourself. Spin. Have Fun." I hear many spinners say that rather than work on a specific project, they simply challenge themselves to find time each day to sit at their wheels. TDF allows us, en masse and in high spirit, to identify what parts of our spinning life we want to improve. And for some of us, that simply means making time for something that has been lurking on the horizon, just out of reach. For my first year participating in TDF, I am spinning four-ply sportweight yarn for a pair of knee-high Norwegian stockings. I am using white Norwegian wool top and Gotland top from Louet for two-color stranded knitting. Oh, the joy and delight!
Here are a few spinners from my online neighborhood:
I would love to see what you are making, too! If you would like to share your Tour de Fleece project on Spinner's Connection, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.